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Afghanistan: THE LAST HOPE

Cover Story

Ashraf Ghani and the world's most dangerous job ~ James Astill

Stories in this issue

The Regiment that Helped Liberate Bangladesh

Once a Double Niner, always a Double Niner. So say soldiers of the 99th Field Regiment of the Indian Army, which was awarded the title ‘Sylhet’ for its gallantry in the 1971 War for the liberation of…

Show Me the Money

Part of a new wave of popular writers post Chetan Bhagat, Ravi Subramanian spent almost 20 years in the financial services industry and then authored a host of thrillers about bankers and banking,…

Priya’s Shakti: India’s new superhero

Once upon a time, somewhere deep inside a village in India, a graceful little girl called Priya nurtured a dream to become a teacher. But her aspirations are never allowed to bloom into reality, what…

The Billionaire Basketball Revolutionary

In the early months of 2013, an interesting spectacle was occurring with an obscure basketball team in the NBA. Years of neglect by the owners, poor on-court performances, and then the recession had…

The Forbidden City

Two years ago, on 16 December, a 23-year-old girl was brutally assaulted and gangraped by six men in Delhi. She was with a male friend, returning home from a popular mall in south Delhi after…

Big Dreams in an Impossible Job

It is always good to see old acquaintances do well—but rare that they take over countries. How, I ask Ashraf Ghani, in his first interview as Afghanistan’s new president, does that feel? “Humbling,”…

Where Passion meets Purpose

When Narendra Modi became Prime Minister on 26 May, the stage was set for a policy transformation. Six months later, a policy transformation may indeed be underway. But it’s not the one we expected.…

Reading Fukuyama: How Liberal Is Your Democracy?

Francis Fukuyama is usually called one of the most influential public intellectuals of our times. More apt a description would be ‘a public philosopher of the state’. His arrival in the marketplace…

The Case of a Reverse Oil Shock

What’s going on? This time round, it’s not 4 Non-Blondes asking, but energy market analysts around the world. The global price of crude oil, which slipped below $66 per barrel on 9 December, a five-…

Claiming the Taj

Man thinks he can correct time because whenever he looks into the past there is nothing but remorse and regret. But time is inviolate and histories can be rewritten but not unmade. We saw that with…